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New African Review July 2011 Issue  [18/08/11]

In this issue, among other stories:

  • If only tables could be turned
  • Woman power; how does it influence African leadership
  • Interview with President Mugabe

Black Africans  [15/08/11]

A review of the special edition of The African Courier on UN’s International Year for People of African Descent by Swegenyi D.K. Shivairo.More

After the party, South Sudan prays for its future  [12/07/11]

Volunteers cleared away the rubbish and worshippers offered prayers for its future on Sunday 10 July, after South Sudan was feted by world leaders as it celebrated independence and began the tough task of nation building.More

Round Table with the theme Afrika Today: Image and Reality  [31/05/11]

On Wednesday, 25th May 2011 - on the the occasion of Afrika Day and International Year for the People of Afrika Descent - a round-table was organised in Prague with the theme Afrika Today: Image and Reality. This event was held under the auspices of Mr. Karel Schwarzenberg, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. It was jointly organised by Ministry of Foreign Affairs,United Nations Information Centre Prague and Humanitas Afrika.More

Africa to be 'next investment destination'  [30/05/11]

Resource-rich Africa is set to be the world's next investment destination thanks to an array of reforms sweeping across many previously troubled countries, a former Nigerian leader said recently. Olusegun Obasanjo, in office in Nigeria for eight years until 2007, said that after many years of stagnation the continent's economies saw a sharp growth in the past decade. Real GDP increased by 5.2 percent annually, compared with 2.3 percent in the 1990s.More

Leipzig honours Lumumba  [17/05/11]

German city unveils bust of Congolese independence leader fifty years after his murder.More

Disaster-hit Japan will not cut aid to Africa  [13/05/11]


Tokyo will maintain all development aid to Africa despite pressing reconstruction costs at home, a Japanese government spokesman said Sunday at a development meeting with African ministers in Dakar. Satoru Satoh said despite initial plans to cut back on foreign assistance, his country was "deeply touched" by an outpouring of support from African countries and had decided to maintain its commitments.More

2011 elections in Nigeria  [30/04/11]

A general election to elect the nation's leader was held in Nigeria on 16th April, 2011. The interim president Mr. Gooluck Jonathan was declared the winner on 19th April.More

New African Review April 2011  [27/04/11]

The April issue of the New African magazine was reviewed for the New African Review by Swegenyi Kivairo.

In this issue, New African takes a shift from the politics of revolution and change especially in North Africa in favour of reflections on the appropriate path African states ought to follow in order to achieve true economic and industrial growth and emancipation.More

Ethiopia: The great landgrab debate  [04/04/11]

Ethiopia has little time for critics of its large-scale land-leasing policy, insisting the millions of dollars of foreign investment will create jobs, improve domestic agricultural expertise and reduce both poverty and the country’s chronic food insecurity. The policy, part of a five-year Growth and Transformation Plan, has led to the cheap leasing of thousands of square kilometres of what the government says is mostly under-used or uncultivated land. Officially, land in Ethiopia is government-owned but occupants have customary rights. Detractors complain of forcible relocation of local pastoralist populations, poorly paid work on the new farms, environmental degradation and a failure to deliver on promises of better infrastructure. Read the whole report of IRIN NewsMore

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Book of the month

Xoliswa Ndoyiya: Ukutya Kwasekhaya

Xoliswa Ndoyiya: Ukutya KwasekhayaTastes from Nelson Mandela’s kitchen

A collection of recipes by Nelson Mandela's personal chef, this book contains the food served to visiting heads of state, celebrities, politicians for more than 20 years. Featuring some of the favourite former South African president's favourite meals including samp and beans, farm chicken, tripe, this book also features paella, peri-peri chicken, prawn curry, and myriad of other delights. With simple, delicious and nourishing recipes, it will interest those who wish to prepare meals that are both elegant and healthy.More

New arrivals

New titles in our library 12/2016

Our library has aquired a number of new and interesting books. Here is the list of the latest titles.

  • Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith
  • Fashion Cities Africa by Hannah Azieb Pool
  • Frantz Fanon: Toward a Revolutionary Humanismby Christopher Lee
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Robinson, James A., Acemoglu, Daron
  • Shakespeare in Swahililand: Adventures With the Ever-Living Poet by Edward Wilson-Lee
  • A History of Modern Africa: 1800 to the Present by Richard J. Reid
  • Authentically African: Arts and the Transnational Politics of Congolese Culture by Sarah Van Beurden
  • Children in Slavery through the Ages by by Gwyn CampbellSuzanne MiersJoseph C. Miller
  • Global Health in Africa: Historical Perspectives on Disease Control by Tamara Giles-Vernick
  • Rumba on the River: A History of the Popular Music of the Two Congos by Gary  Stewart
  • Women and Slavery, Vol. 1: Africa, the Indian Ocean World, and the Medieval North Atlantic by Gwyn Campbell
  • Women and Slavery, Vol. 2: The Modern Atlantic by Gwyn Campbell
  • Cahier d'un Retour Au Pays Natal by Aimé Cesaire
  • Healing Traditions: African Medicine, Cultural Exchange and Competition in South Africa, 1820-1948 by Karen Elizabeth  Flint
  • Global Education Policy and International Development: New Agendas, Issues and Policies by Antoni Verger
  • Black Skin, White Coats: Nigerian Psychiatrists, Decolonization, and the Globalization of Psychiatry by Matthew M. Heaton

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